Coventry University - MEng/BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering

Coventry University

MEng/BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering

Motorsport is a dynamic, highly competitive industry reliant on the skill and expertise of engineers to optimise all aspects of the design, build and testing of racing cars and bikes. In excess of 41,000 people were employed in the UK motorsport industry in 2018.

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This BEng and MEng integrated master’s course, which is currently accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), has been designed to respond to the demand for Motorsport Engineers with strong analytical and problem-solving skills to ensure the industry remains at the cutting edge of innovation.

Coventry University has a long and prestigious automotive, transport and engineering heritage with current extensive links to well-known automotive companies like Jaguar Land Rover, Tata and Lotus, Coventry

Initially, you will be enrolled onto the BEng (Hons) programme. At the end of the second year, you may be offered the opportunity to progress to the MEng pathway depending on your academic performance (typically a 2:1 or above in your second year). This allows you the time and support to grow in your engineering discipline and maximise your access to the integrated MEng qualification.

Entry Requirements

A Level :ABB-BBB to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, ICT or Engineering. Excludes General Studies

BTEC :DDM in an Engineering subject to include a Distinction in the 'Further Engineering Mathematics' unit

IB Diploma :31 points to include Mathematics AND one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or Information Technology in a Global Society at Higher level.

GCSE requirement :5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics

Career Prospects

Fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the course is recognised in industry, providing credibility of the technical standard of our graduates among employers, thus improving your career prospects.

Industry-related projects should give you a feel of what the demands and expectations will be in the workplace, as well as enabling you to practice and apply your skills to real motorsport engineering projects*. You will also have the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in preparing, running and analysing results from experimental testing and numerical analysis.

Careers options may include becoming a race mechanic or race engineer or roles as a manufacturing assistant engineer, composites laminator, design engineer, dimensional management engineer or operations manager in motorsport engineering or related industries.

This degree meets an identified need for graduate level professionals to work in specialist areas such as vehicle/component design, powertrain and chassis development and testing, as well as supervisory and business roles. Our graduates have secured positions with teams such as Red Bull, Williams, Ducati, Triumph, Pilbeam Racing, McLaren and Prodrive.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university’s Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Course Details

Successful motorsport engineers may work on the design, testing and production of performance vehicles or become part of a racing team responsible for improving performance before, during and after a race.

Alongside the Motorsport specialisations you will study, you will also have the opportunity to develop your broader Mechanical Engineering and professional skills. Consequently, our Motorsport graduates are highly sought after across a broad range of engineering industries.

The course offers you the chance to specialise in performance engineering, covering design for performance, construction and operation of competition vehicles, alongside related aspects of materials science, aerodynamics, structural analysis, vehicle systems. We also aim to provide you with a sound understanding of the commercial context of motorsport engineering, together with the commercial and technical risks associated with innovation.

The IMechE Formula Student project provides an all-round experience – from undertaking full cost analysis and producing the business and manufacturing case to designing a vehicle and planning a limited production run. Working to a set of international rules with fixed delivery targets and deadlines, you should gain practical experience in planning, executing and reporting on a motorsport project. You will also have the opportunity to improve your digital literacy by submitting CAD models, technical drawings, design posters, as well as a couple of technical reports on their designs.

Throughout your study of this course, you have the opportunity to develop an awareness of the wider responsibilities to society, especially in terms of issues relating to ethics, health, safety and sustainability. We will share the corporate context of engineering, alongside the commercial and technical risks associated with innovation, enabling you to deal with new and unusual challenges in automotive engineering.

We will encourage you to use imagination and creativity to provide innovative solutions, so that you have the opportunity to graduate with a set of skills which could enable you to progress rapidly to positions of responsibility providing technical, managerial and entrepreneurial leadership in specialist or interdisciplinary projects.

Year 1

Manufacturing technology and materials
Mechanical science
Engineering mathematics 1
Engineering applications
Electrical science

Year 2

Vehicle Systems and development
Solid mechanics and dynamics
Thermofluid mechanics
Analytical modelling
Engineering management
Design and sustainability
Professional placement

Placement year
Study abroad
Professional development and project planning

Year 3

Individual project
Motorsport planning and development engineering
Motorsport product innovation
Motorsport aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics
Motorsport powertrain
One 10-credit year 3 add+vantage module
Individual project dissertation (L7)
Further motorsport product innovation (L7)
Further motorsport powertrain (L7)

Year 4

Mandatory modules
Industrial group project
Definition, objectives and constraints
Industrial group project dissertation
Business innovation and sustainability
Choice of 1 of 3 pathways, aligning you with your preferred technical specialisations.
Pathway 1 analysis
engineering simulation and analysis
Vehicle structures, safety and impact analysis
Pathway 2 dynamics
Vehicle development and analysis
Advanced ground vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics
Pathway 3 powertrains
Vehicle development and analysis
Advanced powertrain

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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